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Five Perish As Trailer Crashes Into Anambra Market

Anambra

Five persons have been reported dead while six others sustained varying injuries after a trailer crashed in Eke Awgbu market in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra.

The accident happened at about 9.55 am on Tuesday, July 9, 2024.

Confirming the accident the spokesperson of the Anambra State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Margret Onagbe, said it was caused by a break failure of the trailer which crashed into the bush k!lling five persons and injuring six others.

She  dismissed claims from some quarters that the accident was due to the activities of  the Anambra Road Traffic Management Agency (ARTMA)

“A fatal road traffic crash was recorded today, 9th July 2024 at Green Energy Oil and Gas by Eke Awgbu along Agulu-Agwubu Road. A multiple crash. A commercial Howo truck belonging to BUA with no registration number, a commercial TVS/Tricycle  with registration number: NZH84LG and a commercial Q/Motor cycle link  with registration number: OLU245QV as well as  private Honda/Motorcycle with no registration number were involved,” she said

According to her, the probable cause of the fatal road traffic crash was excessive speed and brake failure.

She said according to an eyewitness, the driver of the truck was on speed and had a brake failure, lost control of the vehicle, and collided with the other vehicles at a checkpoint and crashed.

“Eleven persons were involved in the crash comprising (9 male adults, and 2 female adults). Five male adults and 1 female adult sustained varying degrees of injury and 4 male adults and 1 female adult were k!lled.

“Before the arrival of the FRSC rescue team from RS5.35 Igboukwu, the injured victims were rushed by a passerby to Referral Health Centre Awgbu and the dead victims were deposited at St Joseph’s Mortuary Adazi Ani.

“The rescue team managed traffic and ensured obstruction caused by the crash was cleared,” she said.

She also said the Sector Commander Anambra State Corps Commander, Adeoye Irelewuyi, commiserated with the families of the deceased and wished the injured victims quick recovery

The sector commander urged motorists to drive within the speed limit to arrive at their destinations safely.